In Simple Terms column
By BOBBIE McAULIFFE
On Wednesday the 10th Circuit Court in Denver found in favor of Oklahoma in the Texas lawsuit to force our state to sell them our water. I hope that will put an end to those shenanigans.
I have responded this way at every opportunity in internet discussions: “people who want some of our water should come to where the water is. We could use some industry in SE Oklahoma.”
I am, however, casting a raised eyebrow at the City of Poteau and their efforts to attract Chinese business in the former Tiger Truck facility. I’d like to see American owned businesses here and other places around the state.
That raised eyebrow is also cast at Gov. Fallin who attended a National Governor’s Conference in Salt Lake City with officials from China seeking foreign investments to provide jobs in Oklahoma.
Most reading this may not know that the 2011 legislative session passed a bill called the Quick Action Closing Fund, giving the governor permission to offer incentives to attract businesses. (It sounds to me like that means businesses of the governor’s choosing) The good news is no funding was appropriated, and this will not go into effect until the beginning of the fiscal year after funding is appropriated.
My hope is HB 1953 will be amended so that those incentives will only be given to American owned companies.
THE MSNBC GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DEBATE
Debate? Really? I have said over and over to voters “Do not let the media choose your candidate for you.” That means you have to do some research work on your own and share what you learn.
For months the media talked about Mitt Romney being the front runner, and rarely mentioned any of the other candidates in any of their “news” programs. Then Rick Perry entered the race and all of a sudden Rick Perry is the front runner with Mr. Romney close behind and still little mention of any of the other candidates.
In the Wednesday evening “debate” half of the time was divided between Perry and Romney with the other six candidates sharing the other half of the time. Not really a fair debate in my not so humble opinion.
THE PRESIDENT’S JOBS SPEECH
I was unable to watch because I had promised to attend a fundraiser. I have been scanning the blogs to find out what was said, and the reaction. All of it has been rather unkind to the President.
It seems his $300 billion plan is now $450 billion and he will let us know next week how it will be paid for but he urged Congress to “pass this bill” nearly 20 times in the 34 minute speech.
Politico is calling it a SPIN JOB. The Heritage Foundation calls his proposal of spending cuts “absurd”. The Tea Party Express called the speech “the worst pre game show ever” and FOX NEWS said it was “long on promises and weak on substance”.
In the conservative chat rooms, people are saying the bulk of this jobs package will go to unions, in hopes a chunk of it will be returned in the form of re election campaign contributions.
The President does seem to have a friend at the New York Times who called the JOBS PLAN “an ambitious proposal” but vague on several important elements.
Maybe I will catch a replay this weekend.